Ōwani, Aomori

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View of Ōwani Onsen
View of Ōwani Onsen
Flag of Ōwani
Official seal of Ōwani
Location of Ōwani in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Ōwani in Aomori Prefecture
Ōwani is located in Japan
Coordinates: 40°31′06″N 140°34′05″E / 40.51833°N 140.56806°E / 40.51833; 140.56806Coordinates: 40°31′06″N 140°34′05″E / 40.51833°N 140.56806°E / 40.51833; 140.56806
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori Prefecture
District Minamitsugaru
 • Total 163.43 km2 (63.10 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 9,746
 • Density 59.6/km2 (154/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Katsura
- Flower Rhododendron
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0172-48-2111
Address Hagurodate 5-3, Ōwani-machi, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-0292
Website Official website
Ōwani town hall

Ōwani (大鰐町?, Ōwani-machi) is a town located in Minamitsugaru District of south-central Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of September 2015, the town had an estimated population of 9,746 and a population density of 59.6 persons per km². Its total area was 163.41 square kilometres (63.09 sq mi).


Ōwani occupies the hilly southern border between central Aomori Prefecture and northern Akita Prefecture. The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Aomori Prefecture

Akita Prefecture


During the Edo period, the area around Ōwani was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain. After the Meiji Restoration, it became a village within Minamitsugaru District of Aomori Prefecture. On April 1, 1923, Ōwani was proclaimed as a town. On July 1, 1954, it annexed neighboring Kuradate Town, but lost a portion of its territory to Hirosaki City on September 30, 1964.


The economy of Ōwani is heavily dependent on agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Tourism from ski resorts and onsen hot springs also contribute to the local economy. Mount Ajara was a venue for the 2003 Asian Winter Games).


Ōwani has one elementary school and one middle school. The town's only high school, a branch of Hirosaki Minami High School, closed in 2013.




Noted people from Ōwani[edit]

Sister cities[edit]


  1. ^ "About Novi." Novi Public Library. February 11, 2010. Retrieved on November 28, 2012.

External links[edit]

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